Kevin Callaghan, President of Alaska Discovery and its parent company, Mountain Travel Sobek, said "we are delighted to have Sharon join us and are excited about the great experience and enthusiasm that she brings to the company. We are fortunate to find someone of Sharon's caliber - a person with the breadth and depth of industry knowledge to match the reputation of our journeys."
For more than 14 years Gaiptman worked for the State of Alaska in the former Division of Tourism and then at the Alaska Marine Highway as its first marketing manager. Prior to that, she was the Director of University Relations at the University of Alaska Juneau (now "Southeast") and the first program director and station manager for KTOO-TV.
Gaiptman currently serves on the Alaska Travel Industry Association's Marketing Committee and various committees for the Travel Industry of America and the Student Youth Travel Association.